What an intriguing book! The entire narrative of the novel is related in the form of memos, reports, and interviews with scientists and military personnel. A young girl falls into a giant hand that has long been buried beneath the ground. The hand is determined to be made of a substance that is alien in origin. A worldwide mystery begins.
The little girl grows up to become a brilliant scientist who leads the team of pilots and scientists who find, gather, and analyze the other parts of the ancient alien structure…and reassemble it.
What surprised me about this book is that I became instantly absorbed with it despite its format, which I would have thought would keep me at arm’s length. Instead, I became deeply invested in the characters despite the narrative distance of the reporting style. The personalities, desires, and motivations of the characters drew me in. I even found myself quite taken with the not-so-objective mysterious government interviewer whose project this ultimately is.
This is a fascinating, engaging, realistic science fiction novel that I flew through. I loved it!